The Agganna Sutta presents a Buddhist creation fable with a moral about castes. Here is a condensed version of the tale. AGGANNA SUTTA: On Knowledge of Beginnings. This is a text taken from a larger collection called the Long Discourses (Digha. Nikaya); the teachings. In contrast with the brahmin’s self-serving mythologies of the past, the Buddha presents an account of evolution that shows how human choices are an integral.

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So too will a Brahmin, a Vessa or a Sudda. We ought to put aside evil and unwholesome things. They grabbed the one who had done this and said: The Monarchy is also formed voluntarily, and the people elect the most righteous and capable person, which implied the Democracy concept.

There was already the distinction between male and female. It was the color of fine ghee or heated butter and it was very sweet, like pure wild honey 1.

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This, then, is the origin of the class of Vessas, in accordance with the ancient titles that were introduced for them. What they took for supper in the evening, by the morning had grown back and ripened.

He is influential, I am insignificant. Not long afterwards, the creatures began to eat greedily, and due to the huge amount of the mud substance they could feed on it for a suta long time. So, by the opinion of the other Brahmins, how can Vasettha and Bharadvaja leave this good caste and status, thus joining together with fraudulent ascetics with shaven heads from other castes, lower in status as they are born from the feet of Brahma?


While those who refrain from killing, taking anything that is not given, engage in sexual misconduct, lying, slandering, speaking rough words or nonsense, being greedy, cruel, and practising wrong beliefs miccha ditthiwill be seen by people as positive and will earn respect from the people and the wise ones. What have we xutta After another very long time, the mushrooms also began to be exhausted, replaced by cassava or turnip -like plants.

Now let us set aside evil, unuseful, and impolite things. Again he agfanna seized and rebuked, and some hit him with their fists, some with stones, and some with sticks. From that day on stealing was found, and blaming and lying and the taking up of rods. These things are skillful, blameless, to be cultivated, worthy of the noble ones—and are reckoned as such.

But sooner or later, after a very long period, this world begins to expand again. We shall pay you with a share of rice. Wide default Fluid Narrow.

This, then, is the origin of the class of Suddas in accordance with the ancient titles that were introduced for them. The Shramana Gotama is vastly influential and charming, while I only possess small influence.

Previous The Wheel-Turning Monarch. Then the Lord said to Vasettha: The Buddha stated again that Dhamma is indeed the best of all things.


Then those beings eating the solid nectar, with that as their food and nourishment, remained for a very long time. We might be fortunate enough to hear a talk on Dhamma from the Lord himself. So, when the materialization took place, the agganan faded inside their newly conceived ‘body’ of mud and thus the night and day became apparent to them. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

DN27 Aggañña Sutta: On Knowledge of Beginnings

An aristocrat, brahmin, merchant, worker, or ascetic may do bad things by way of body, speech, and mind. Only brahmins are purified, not others.

At ustta the Ajjhayaka were viewed lower than Jhayaka but in the Buddha’s time, the Ajjhayaka had been viewed higher in status than the Jhayakas. To this extent the world had evolved once more. Retrieved from ” https: In the second part of the Sutta, the Buddha tells the story of how human beings came to dwell on Earth.

Aggañña Sutta

It looked just like the skin that forms itself over hot milk as it cools. And this lasted for a very long time. The Buddha then elaborates that if any of the caste does the following deeds: